Alternative Sunday School Lessons

Talks About Talks

February 17, 2015
Talks About Talks

Who came up with the idea of doing lessons and talks about talks, including very recent talks?  Is this an activity that removes us from our own serious personal study of the gospel or does it elevate current teachings with scripture and bolster current leaders’ authority by studying their words?  Is it a worthwhile practice? […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, General Conference, Jewish Studies, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet | 31 Comments »

The Faith Crisis Biz

February 10, 2015
The Faith Crisis Biz

A recent Trib article explains that Mormon Stories and other monetized podcasts have been a sole source of income for some of the individuals that conduct the interviews.  This isn’t a surprise to many people, although it’s impressive that there’s been enough donated to support salaries for individuals’ families. At some point, all Mormon blogs […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Technology | 25 Comments »

Taking My Baal and Going Home

February 5, 2015
Taking My Baal and Going Home

I recently checked the 2013 edition of the scriptures for an entry in the Bible Dictionary that should have been corrected. This is what I gave them as feedback on the site form that asks for it: “Baal.  Possessor, lord. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. He was worshipped with different […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, seminary | 10 Comments »

Faith Crisis Redux

January 6, 2015
Faith Crisis Redux

If there’s one topic that never gets old in the ‘nacle[1] it’s faith crisis.  A few months back, I started to follow a Vietnamese Buddhist group on Facebook because they post quotes I like.  Over the weekend, a group member posted the following, expressing his faith crisis. “I am really having a hard time with […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Buddhism, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 27 Comments »

Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

December 23, 2014
Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

  Just a quick reminder to those writing mormon.org. A feminist cookie is the term for the reward some men seem to be seeking for saying or doing something feminist.  A man congratulating himself on very elementary good treatment of women (for example “I saw a pretty woman, and I didn’t yell at her or […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, scriptures, social media, Women, workplace | 11 Comments »

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Prophet, Sunday School, Women | 140 Comments »

Was the Fall a Sin? (Weekend Poll)

October 4, 2014
Was the Fall a Sin?  (Weekend Poll)

Whether you view Adam & Eve as actual people or a story designed to illustrate the nature of man’s separation from God, you can opine on the motives of the act.  What’s your view? Discuss.  

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons | 11 Comments »

The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

September 3, 2014
The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

This is our first guest post from Forgetting, a frequent commenter here at Wheat and Tares. Microbes are the most often overlooked aspect of the Word of Wisdom. Not only are microbes there in the spirit of the principle, but they are mentioned in the text both plainly and also somewhat obscurely. Fermentation is the […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 23 Comments »

A Thought Experiment

August 31, 2014
A Thought Experiment

Imagine a classroom where the ratio of boys and girls is fairly even. Now, let’s pick class president, vice president, treasurer, and other leadership positions. First rule: Boys only.

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Uncategorized, Women | 46 Comments »

What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

August 26, 2014
What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

All churches are struggling to retain Millenials.  Although it’s true that every generation has a higher rate of religious attrition than preceding generations, there is far less stigma to being unreligious now than ever before.  If churches want to retain Millenials, more effort needs to go into understanding them, finding common ground, and presenting the […]

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 40 Comments »

A Few Things My Kids Learned from Reading Ether

May 6, 2014
A Few Things My Kids Learned from Reading Ether

My 15 year old son recently informed us that he gets extra credit if he reads the entire Book of Mormon for seminary.  He doesn’t really need the extra credit, but since he hadn’t read it cover to cover before we said we could help him read it as a family.  We decided to start […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Book of Mormon, Faith, Freedom, Jesus, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons | 13 Comments »

Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

April 21, 2014
Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

The story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most perplexing moral dilemmas in all of scripture.  It has long been held up as an example of Abraham’s faithfulness.  Orthodox members do not question the traditional interpretation of the story.  They seem to reason that if God wants you to do something, you […]

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet | 43 Comments »

April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

April 8, 2014
April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

Here are a few highlights from this weekend’s General Conference as told in GIFs.  

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Faith, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Women | 20 Comments »

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

February 4, 2014
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

BYU-Idaho released a video last week on YouTube encouraging students to monitor their roommates’ behavior to determine if a roommate has a porn addiction (or implied masturbation issue).  Then, in my ward, we had a lengthy discussion in Sunday School about God’s expectation that we should be our brother’s keeper, leaning heavily on a 1986 […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, BYU, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Sunday School, War in Heaven | 47 Comments »

Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

September 16, 2013
Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

I’ve been reviewing The Challenge of Honesty which was released Sept 1.  (You might want to check out my first post, or second post on the book.)  Frances Lee Menlove relates the following. Today I am going to tell you a story.  This is a Jesus story, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, which […]

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Jesus, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 13 Comments »

Temple Talk

July 30, 2013
Temple Talk

I recently substitute taught Relief Society in our Singapore ward.  The lesson was from the Lorenzo Snow manual, and it was called “Come Into the Temples.”  Probably half the women in the room had not been endowed, and 4-5 of the 15-20 women were investigators.  How do we talk about the temple when we aren’t […]

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Come Follow Me: Why are Covenants Important in My Life?

July 5, 2013
Come Follow Me: Why are Covenants Important in My Life?

Hello all!  My name is Bri.  I am a teacher of the 14 to 18 year old age group using the new Come Follow Me youth curriculum.  Most Sundays we have the 14 and 15 year old group show up.  For the next two weeks I get a break on teaching due to a fifth Sunday and […]

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

June 23, 2013
Losing My Religion:  Weekend Poll

If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose?  Or should I say, which one(s) would choose you (speak to you most)?  Does size matter?  The content of the teachings?  Do you cling to tradition?  Do you prefer more freedom?  Does a community appeal […]

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course? (Weekend Poll)

May 18, 2013
Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course?  (Weekend Poll)

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain Every so often, the idea that there’s nothing new to talk about in Mormon internet discussions comes up.  Someone will state that we’ve said all there is to say, the audience is waning, people have worked out their opinions, etc.  What do you think?  And […]

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons | 17 Comments »

Exposure Anxiety

February 26, 2013
Exposure Anxiety

North Korea wants to show its strength despite its small size by launching missiles to intimidate China.  Napolean was said to suffer from “short man” inferiority complex, resulting in his military invasions all over Europe.  Some sources say Hitler felt inferior because his absent father was a Jew, not Aryan.  In the Wizard of Oz, the “wizard” […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Joseph Smith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 37 Comments »